The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows.

We took your breath away with last year's contest, and these new photos will leave you even more amazed. Each one tells a story of pain, perseverance, and finally, relief. They document a baby's first moments of life, and a family's first moments of unity.

Many of the photos below are intense and graphic, so reader discretion is advised. They are all, however, powerful in their own unique ways.

More info: IAPBB

#1 I've Been Waiting For You

I've Been Waiting For You

Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography Report

Alzbeta Sissi 1 year ago

This actually made me cry! Its so intense

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#2 Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Kourtnie Scholz Report

Kayleigh White 1 year ago

This is amazing. But the placenta is grossing me out a bit. Never seen one look like that before

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#3 Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven

Best In Category: Postpartum, Straight From Heaven

Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted Report

Maria Lazaridou 1 year ago

So serene..

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#4 That First Gaze

That First Gaze

Peanuts and Parents Report

mother 1 year ago

Newborn has an eyes of an older soul...

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#5 Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Catherine Brown Birth & Lifestyle Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn 1 year ago

Jesus. What's our society coming to?! That kid's WAY too young to be a parent.

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#6 Falling In Love All Over Again

Falling In Love All Over Again

KEDocumentary Report

Peter Lankton 1 year ago

Any one else worried about how blue that baby is?

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#7 Are You My Mama?

Are You My Mama?

Jennifer Mason Photography Report

Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Kind of looks like a baby seal ! But super adorable.

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#8 Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash

Best In Category: Delivery, With A Splash

Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography Report

Cheesybeansy 1 year ago

He's gonna need a bigger visor...

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#9 Freshly Squeezed

Freshly Squeezed

Apple Blossom Families Report

Intensive Panda 1 year ago

I instantly regret ignoring the warning

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#10 First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance

First Place Winner. Road To Deliverance

Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations Report

Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Did a photographer hop in the car with them?

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